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Goldsmiths College

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Art research seminar 2 led by Katarina Rankovic, Erica Scourti, & Rowena Harris, with Michelle Williams Gamaker & Kristen Kreider

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Here we are –

Energy,

Mass,

Life,

Shaping life,

Mind,

Shaping mind...

– Octavia E. Butler

Bringing together three artists whose work engages with the writing/performing of character, voice and persona, this seminar draws on the metaphor of the breathing space to explore the complexities of inhabiting, speculating on and speaking through intertwined fictional others and self-hoods. Proposing the breathing space as a condition of generative possibility for the emergence of speculative entities, absent voices and auto-theoretical self-versioning, we will explore questions of speaking for/with/as in ways that both embrace the unboundedness of the self whilst acknowledging the specificities of positionality that are involved in any act of narration.

A breathing space may be a new condition to claim through a speculative fiction mode, whilst announce it missing from this world; it may be a state of rest, daydreaming and dissociation that both offers respite from, and arguably enables, the operation of regimes of efficiency which demand the continuous presentation of self; it may be a site of inhabitance shared between writer/ performer and voice of someone else. How do different ways of working with persona/ character propose different models of selfhood as multiple, entangled and processual? What is it to work in a speculative mode for, what might be, writing for missing others? Can the breathing space of one subject become a medium for another, by 'making space' for 'someone' else? How does self-narration become compulsive within a horizon of endless self-branding and how can this model of presence be resisted?

Through a series of presentations/ performances and a group discussion, we will explore different modalities of the breathing space as a medium for voices, to probe how a character/voice may come to a space to speak.

- Butler, Octavia E. (1998), Parable of the Talents (prologue), Grand Central Publishing, NY, US.

Background reading - will be available prior to the event.

Katarina Rankovic is an artist working in text, performance and video, using these platforms to invoke narrative as a testing ground for examining author-character-reader subject relations.

Erica Scourti is an artist and writer, born in Athens and now based in London and Athens. Embracing contingency, humour and lo-fi media, her work explores autobiographical writing and bodily inscription in the performance and representation of subjectivity. ericascourti.com

Rowena Harris is an artist exploring theories on the datalogical in relation to neurodiversity, and works across writing, sculpture, and film work. She is interested in those at the margins of algorithmic priorities, and, through modes of speculative fiction, alternative spaces of thinking differently. rowenaharris.com

Michelle Williams Gamaker is a moving image and performance artist based in London. Her work explores the fiction-making machine of 20th Century British and Hollywood studio films by restaging sequences to reveal cinematic construction, and recasting characters to propose alternative endings that counter their often doom-laden plight. Her key focus is the development of ‘fictional activism’: the restoration of marginalised brown characters as central figures, who return in her works as vocal brown protagonists challenging the fictional injustices to which they have been historically consigned. tintypegallery.com/artists/michelle-williams-gamaker

Professor Kristen Kreider, (the director of the PhD program here) is a writer, a poet, who works in collaboration with the architect James O’Leary to engage with sites of architectural and cultural interest through performance, installation and time-based media. Her research stems from an interest in the poetics of thought, its materialization as form, and a concern with how artworks relate to the world. kreider-oleary.net

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